Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
When we speak of spectacular events, we often think of events like the great migration in Kenya or the like but all around us are "lesser" spectacular events that take our breaths away!! In Columbia, SC at the Riverfront Park, each year the shad (fish) make their journey upstream to spawn, passing through an area full of rocks and a dam wherein the rangers have built a fish ladder to help the Shad navigate upstream. As the shad swim upstream in schools, somehow the birds are informed and arrive in great numbers to gorge themselves on the unlucky shad that happen to not reach the fish ladder and become lunch to gulls, herons, egrets, commorants, terns and other birds that gather at the dam area in anticipation of their arrival. When the conditions are just right, they are a sight to see!! I got on the road this morning at 6:30am to witness once again this feeding frenzy!! My friend and I were greeted with this sight!!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Friday, October 28, 2011
As we experience the weather gradually turning a bit cold, I cannot help but reflect back over the last few weeks and months. It has been a magical Autumn for me this year. I started the Fall season off with a visit to Cades Cove chasing bears. The bears disappointed us since they were not as plentiful as we thought they might be because the cherry trees failed to bloom. As a result, the bears we did see were obviously a bit underfed and not gaining the weight they need to store up for the winter. I surely hope it gets better for them.
My travels then took me to Colorado Springs, Colorado. I lived there in the Seventies and Early 80s, teaching Computer Science at the Air Force Academy. I spent lots of time in and around Colorado Springs but the highlights of my visit was to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and then to Crested Butte and Trebler and Ohio Passes. The Aspen Groves in this area was spectacular. The Shot above was taken alongside the road on Ohio Creek Pass.
And then the last couple of weeks have been spent exploring the Blue Ridge and the Appalachian Mountains for Autumn color and waterfalls and we were not disappointed. The shot above is at the foot of the Middle Falls in Dupont Forest (NC). Notice the reflections of the trees up on the bank in the water and rocks down below. Soon after this shot was taken by my friend Edgar Payne, I slipped and injuried my knee on this hard and slippery slate. It would be an understatement to say that It was worth it but it was!!